Le Château de la Rivière (28 -Pontgouin). Les terres cuites d'une résidence élitaire du XVII e siècle

Abstract : Archaeological evaluation was carried out on the aristocratic residence of the Chateau de la Rivière (Pontgouin, department of the Eure-et-Loir, France) from 2015 to 2016. The site belonged to the Haligre family from whom issued many very important court officials from the end of the 16th to the middle of the 18th century. The existing chateau is primarily the work of Etienne I and Etienne II Haligre from around 1624 to 1657, with a hiatus due to the Fronde rebellion betwenne 1648 and 1652. Excavation during test trenching brought to light a certain quantity of ceramic building materials comprised of tiles, bricks and floor tiles. This material came from contexts associated with the building work of the residence and its farm buildings which were put up during the first half of the 17th century, from the late 1620s to the mid 1650s. The study of these finds showed the production of different forms and modules using several fabrics and therefore the existence of several workshops which supplied the building site. This effectively points to the difficulties in sourcing building materials for an ambitious architectural project which was in competition for workers and resources with another equally major construction site: that of the Haligre's suzerain, the bishop of Chartres. The initial analyses of the fabrics have allowed the identification of several potential workshops but further work, including historical research and laboratory analyses, is needed to support these hypotheses.
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Simon Bryant. Le Château de la Rivière (28 -Pontgouin). Les terres cuites d'une résidence élitaire du XVII e siècle. Journée d'actualités du Réseau TCA, Sep 2017, Orléans, France. 2015, ⟨https://reseautca.hypotheses.org/⟩. ⟨hal-01774331⟩

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